Henryk Boleslaw Szeryng is born in Warsaw, Poland.
Henryk Boleslaw Szeryng is born in Warsaw, Poland.
Audition for Bronislaw Huberman. "The boy has great talent with hands like Jascha Heifetz", he says afterwards and advises further studies in Berlin and Paris.
Szeryng about Huberman:
"When he was discussing music, it was more than a lesson; it was opening new horizons that were not actually visible. Bronislaw Huberman was responsible for my becoming a violinist."
Szeryng makes his debut as a concert artist.
Performance in Warsaw - Johannes Brahms: violin concerto in D, op.77 – Warsaw Philharmonic, conductor is Georges Georgescu.
Szeryng about Brahms: "If there was anybody who loved beauty, it was Brahms. I feel very close to Brahms - and let’s hope that Brahms feels close to me!"
Audition in Paris for the Polish Prime Minister and composer Ignaz Paderewski.
Szeryng about Paderewski:"He was very kind, had beautiful manners, radiating so much goodness, so much dignity. He was impressive, not only because of who he was, but also because of the way, he looked: tall with beautiful hair, covering part of his shoulders. He was such a regal type."
First performance in Paris - Salle Pleyel - Johannes Brahms: violin concerto in D, op.77 – Paris Symphony Orchestra, conductor is Pierre Monteux.
Performance in Lausanne - Swisss premiere of Karol Szymanowski’s violin concerto #2 - Orchestre de la Radio de la Suisse Romande, conductor is Hans Haug.
Simultaneously Pavel Kochansky, the violinist to whom the concerto had been dedicated, premieres it in Warsaw and later in New York. Zino Francescatti will premiere it in Paris with the Orchestre des Concerts Colonne under Paul Paray.
Graduation from the Conservatory with the First Prize, "Premier Nommé des Hommes et Femmes" and the Sarasate Prize.
Szeryng gets his first fine instrument: the Andrea Guarnerius 1683 "Sancta Theresiae". The violin had belonged to the Italian composer Giuseppe Tartini (1692-1770) at the time when he composed the "Devil’s thrill". Later, Nicolò Paganini’s only student, Camille Sivori (1815-1894), owned the violin.
Encounter with the Prime Minister of the Polish Government in Exile, General Wladyslaw Sikorski at his headquarters in Paris. Szeryng becomes a volunteer in the Polish Army abroad. Beginning of 1940 he gives numerous benefit concerts for the Polish Army in Paris and France.
First visit to Mexico City with General Sikorski, who is in search of a home for about 4.000 Polish refugees displaced by the war. The Mexican President Manuel Ávila Camacho offers them asylum and assures Henryk Szeryng that he will always be welcome to live in Mexico.
From 1945 to 1956: professor at the Universidad Autónoma de México – reorganization of the Mexican violin school.
Becomes a Mexican citizen.
Performance in New York - Carnegie Hall – USA Premiere of the violin concerto by Carlos Chavez - New York Philharmonic, conductor is Leonard Bernstein.
Szeryng discovers the long-lost third violin concerto by Nicolò Paganini at the home of his great-granddaughters. He composes the cadenzas and records the concerto under the Philips label in January 1971 with the London Symphony Orchestra under Sir Alexander Gibson.
Is appointed Honorary Adviser of the Mexican Permanent Delegation at UNESCO.
Following his concert in Jerusalem on the 25th anniversary of the State of Israel in the presence of Prime Minister Golda Meir and Teddy Kollek, Mayor of Jerusalem, Szeryng donates his violin Antonio Stradivarius 1734 "Hercules", Ex-Eugene Ysaye to the City of Jerusalem.
Szeryng celebrates his 50 years on stage.
Principality of Monaco - Szeryng donates his violin Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume, 1861, a copy of the Stradivarius’ "Messiah" to Prince Rainier III. Since it is played by one of the concertmasters of the Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra.
Performance in Atlanta, Georgia - USA premiere of Reynaldo Hahn’s violin concerto in D - Atlanta Symphony, conductor is Louis Lane.
The French violinist Gabriel Bouillon gave the first and only performance to date of this work on 26 February 1928 in Paris with the Orchestre des Concerts Colonne under the baton of the composer. After almost 60 years Szeryng brings the concerto back on stage.
Performance in Kassel while on a German tour - Johannes Brahms: violin concerto in D, op.77 - Orchester des Saarländischen Rundfunks, conductor is Myung Whun Chung.
In the night following the concert, Henryk Szeryng falls into a coma. He passes away in the early morning of 3 March 1988.
Henryk Szeryng ends his career as he started it 55 years ago: with the Brahms violin concerto. Is it coincidence, destiny or the fulfilment of a wish? Almost 10 years before, on 23 July 1978, he gave an interview to the Mexican newspaper “Excelsior”. One of the journalist’s last questions was “What would you do, if you had only one more hour to live?” and Szeryng answered, “I would play the Brahms concerto.”
« I consider music as the noblest language,
bringing comfort, joy, inspiration and peace to mankind.
I think that it is vital that peace be preserved,
and if music can help – then let’s have music!. ».